Lake Eaton is one of the most popular waterbodies in the Long Lake region, and there are a few reasons for this. For one, it has a wonderful state campground on the northeast shore. Two, it has some outstanding fishing that anglers just rave about. Three, the paddling on this jagged lake is very relaxing and it's an outstanding place to watch the sunset and listen to the loons. There are other reasons for this lake's popularity, but you should go find out for yourself. Here's a hint — wildlife!
How to Get There
From the three-way intersection in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through the village for 2.5 miles to the campground entrance on the left.
The only launch for Lake Eaton is located in the state campground and during their open season a small day use fee is required. The fee is minimal, but with the day use fee you also have access to showers, restrooms, a sandy beach, and picnic area.
You will find the best launch to be at the beach area where there is ample parking for the day. Pass by the guard shack and take your first right, the parking will be down on the right.
If you wish to have a hiking excursion as well, a foot trail is located at the southern end of the lake that leads up Owl's Head Mountain. A scenic bay resides at the eastern side of the lake, while attractive shores open up the opportunities to get out and explore.
Type of Launch
Shoreline launch with shallow water and easy access
Type of Carry
About 100 feet from the parking area, easy, flat
Type of Water
This is a fairly well sheltered lake, with many bays and jagged edges. However, when out in the middle this lake can feel very big and whitecaps can occur if the weather patterns agree.